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15-year-old girl missing

Police in Surrey are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 15-year-old girl who hasn’t been seen since last week.

Hailey McClelland is described as Indigenous, five-foot-one, about 89 pounds and has short brown hair and blue eyes.

She was last seen at about 8 p.m. on Oct. 18, in Surrey.

Police and family are concerned for her well being and her health.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 



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Assaulted, dies in hospital

Police are investigating after a man died following serious assault in Surrey.

RCMP were called to the scene of a fight about 2:45 a.m. Sunday in the area of 104th Avenue and King George Boulevard.

Neither the caller nor the victim would co-operate with police. The two ran off and could not be found. 

That afternoon, the BC Coroners Service advised the assault victim had died in hospital.

The victim has been identified as Wesley Dean Rideout.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is now looking into the mystery. 

Anyone with information is asked to call IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), email [email protected] or call CrimeStoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). 



Confession to 1978 murder

A Crown attorney says a man charged with murdering a 12-year-girl in British Columbia over 40 years ago confessed to undercover police and should be found guilty.

Mark Sheardown told jurors on the opening day of a trial that Garry Handlen provided details about abducting the girl while she was riding her new bike, sexually assaulting her and then killing her.

Handlen has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Monica Jack on May 6, 1978, near Merritt.

Sheardown told B.C. Supreme Court that Jack's skull and some bones were found 17 years later and linked to her through dental records.

He says Handlen was living in Minden, Ont., in 2014 when he was the focus in an undercover police operation and allegedly provided a supposed crime boss with details of the murder.

Sheardown says Handlen was charged after accompanying members of a fictitious crime group to a highway in Merritt, where he said he abducted the girl.



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Suspect took his own life

B.C.'s police watchdog says a man killed in a shootout in Nanaimo earlier this year took his own life.

An Independent Investigations Office report into the May 8 incident at the Departure Bay ferry terminal found the man shot himself as police moved in.

It also determined police had reasonable grounds to use lethal force.

The man, whose identity was not released, was driving a car stolen in a violent carjacking in Penticton. RCMP intercepted the man at the ferry terminal.

"Once stopped, the evidence is clear that (the suspect), while surrounded by police, raised his gun and shot himself in the head. That was his only intention," said the report. "However, as he did this, the gun would have been pointed at several police officers."

The officers had to act quickly to protect themselves and the public, the report concluded.

The suspect shot himself with a .22 calibre pistol, the IIO said. He also took three shots to his abdomen from police.

A toxicology report found the man had enough fentanyl in his system that it was almost lethal.

The report says the man had been involved in a prior shooting and believed he had killed the victim. That person survived, however.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



Ballots in mail, eye on strike

British Columbia's chief electoral officer says the labour dispute at Canada Post is being watched closely as ballots for the province's electoral reform referendum are being placed in the mail.

Anton Boegman says the rotating strikes at Canada Post have yet to impact the movement of ballots but Elections BC is prepared to extend the voting period if required.

He says Elections BC has the authority to add extra time to the deadline, which was done in 2011 when the mail-in voting period for the referendum on the harmonized sales tax was extended by two weeks.

Boegman says the official voting period for the electoral reform referendum ends on Nov. 30, with the results expected several weeks later.

The referendum asks B.C. residents if they want to change the electoral system to a form of proportional representation or keep the current first-past-the-post method.

Boegman says Elections BC is placing 3.3 million referendum voting packages in the mail.



Too noisy for BC's orcas?

The federal government says it will monitor underwater ship and mammal noise in B.C.'s Salish Sea to help develop measures to support the recovery of endangered southern resident killer whales.

Terry Beech, parliamentary secretary to the transportation minister, announced the measures as his government is set to face new scrutiny of the impacts of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on the threatened species.

A court ruling found the National Energy Board failed to assess the pipeline project's effects on the marine environment and the government has asked the board to reconsider that part of the review by Feb. 22.

The project would increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold and whale experts argue there is already too much traffic for the 74-member southern resident whale population to survive.

Beech says Transport Canada will spend $1.6 million on measures including deploying an underwater hydrophone, or listening device, at Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea.

He also says the department will carry out a four-year project to better predict propeller noise and hull vibration of a vessel.



Furry cops strike a pose

Vancouver's cutest cops strike a pose in the new 2019 VPD canine calendar.

Twelve months of furry crime fighters and their handlers are featured, including Brando, shown outside the iconic Orpheum Theatre on a rainy Vancouver night.

Calendars are on sale across the city and online.    

Money raised from the $15 calendars will go to the BC Cancer Foundation and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Since 2010, the sale of the calendars has raised $200,000 for charity.

You can meet the canine cops this Friday in downtown Vancouver. They'll be at the corner of Granville and Georgia streets.

The calendar was originally created by retired VPD Sgt. Mike Anfield in honour of his wife Candy, a VPD officer who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2004.



Husband facing murder

Surrey RCMP have arrested 44 -year-old Rizig Bona and charged him with second-degree murder in connection with the homicide of his wife, Anida Magaya.
 
Magaya was murdered on October 5, 2018. her body was discovered at 1:51 a.m. by emergency services after they received a report of an injured female at a residence in the 16100-block of 110 Avenue in Surrey, B.C.  

When police arrived, they found 42-year-old dead inside the home with injuries consistent with homicide.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in to take over the investigation.    

Detectives determined this was an isolated incident and there was no risk to public safety.   

Bona was not arrested until October 19, 2018, when the 44-year-old was charged with second-degree murder for Magaya's death.

Bona is set to appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court Monday, October 22, 2018.    

“This was a tragic isolated incident involving members of the same family and our deepest condolences go out to the family of Anida Magaya,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.

Anyone with information, who has yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected]
 

 



Quake cluster off BC coast

Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.6 magnitude quake about 260 kilometres west of Tofino, followed by a 6.8 tremor and then a third measuring 6.5.

Survey geophysicist Zachary Reeves said all three quakes occurred in the same general area over the course of about an hour, and at a shallow depth of approximately 10 kilometres.

Reeves, based in Golden, Colorado, described the quakes as "pretty big."

Emergency Info BC tweeted that the quakes were felt in parts of the province but there were no reports of damage or injury and no tsunami warning was issued.

British Columbia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an active seismic zone where thousands of mostly small earthquakes are recorded annually by sensors in the province.

Most of the quakes happen near the Cascadia subduction zone, an area where the Juan de Fuca and North American tectonic plates converge, stretching from Vancouver Island to northern California.

An earthquake early-warning system recently tested off the B.C. coast could give residents anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes to prepare before a quake.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors developed by Ocean Networks Canada is installed along the Cascadia subduction zone and when fully operating next March will be able to estimate location and magnitude of a megathrust earthquake.



Blaze destroys barn

Several chickens died in a large barn fire in Abbotsford Sunday morning.

Fire crews responded to the blaze on Leclair Street, arriving to find the structure fully engulfed.

“There were some laying chickens in the barn and the barn is a complete write off,” assistant fire chief Craig Bird told CTV Vancouver.

Crews were on scene for five hours mopping up the fire.

The cause is under investigation.

with files from CTV Vancouver

 



Hard chopper landing

Five people walked away from a hard helicopter landing north of Pitt Meadows Sunday.

Emergency crews were called to a reported crash just before 2 p.m. in the mountains north of the community, according to CTV Vancouver.

The chopper was owned and operated by SKY Helicopters. The company deployed another helicopter to the scene and transported the pilot and passengers to waiting paramedics at the local airport. Injuries were minor.

“Early this afternoon SKY Helicopters experienced an incident with one of our flights,” CEO Andrew Westlund told CTV. “Passengers and crew aboard the aircraft are safe and we are working with the authorities and Transport Canada to review the situation."

Transport Canada said a control issue resulted in the hard landing and an investigation is underway.

with files from CTV Vancouver



Fractured, partisan council

On the heels of his narrow victory in Vancouver's dramatic mayoral race, observers say Kennedy Stewart's biggest challenge will be leading a council fractured across party lines as he tries to deliver platform promises like increasing housing supply.

The former NDP MP, who ran as an Independent, will lead 10 councillors divided across four parties with an even split between progressives and members of the right-leaning Non-Partisan Association.

Vancouver is one of the few cities in Canada that operates on a party system.

"We're going to need a new civic engineer who knows how to build bridges and not walls," said Andy Yan, director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University.

That could mean making strategic compromises and more open dialogue in council chambers instead of behind caucus doors, he said.

While Kennedy's platform included a subway line extension and new approaches to fighting the opioid crisis, his primary campaign focus has been clear: Housing. Among his plans on the file are immediately hiring a renters' advocate and increasing supply by 85,000 new units, including 25,000 non-profit rentals, over 10 years.

Following his victory, Kennedy told reporters he wants the conversation to move beyond housing by the end of his four-year term. He said he's confident he can do so by working with all members of council.

"I've been talking with them all the way through, all the way through this race and I think there are ideas we share in common and we're just going to have to go policy by policy and make sure we're not alienating anyone. I'm confident we can do it," Stewart told reporters following his victory speech.

Patrick Smith, a political science and urban systems professor at Simon Fraser University, said the upcoming federal election will likely work in Stewart's favour as the federal Liberals court votes and open the coffers for public projects.

"He may be astute enough to be able to produce some initiatives on the housing front," Smith said, adding that will require building alliances.

Stewart edged out contender Ken Sim of the NPA to win the election with a lead of fewer than 1,000 votes in the race to replace outgoing Mayor Gregor Robertson, who did not run for re-election.

Robertson's party Vision Vancouver entered the race weak, with its mayoral candidate Ian Campbell bowing out days before the nomination deadline. It won no seats on council.

Smith said it all but marks the end of the party after 10 years in power.

"It's the old adage, never say never in politics. But we're going to say a very strong maybe," Smith said.

Meantime, the Green party saw significant gains, winning three of 10 councillor seats. Two of its candidates, incumbent Adriane Carr and Pete Fry, each won more votes than Stewart or Sim.

"It's in one way a Green sweep in Vancouver. I think it also reflects values. At the core of it, Vancouver still acknowledges the importance of sustainability," he said, even if voters disagreed with Vision's strategy for achieving it.

Sim has not conceded the election, saying after results came in early Sunday morning that more votes needed to be counted and he would seek advice in the coming days.

The NPA did not immediately respond to requests for comment Sunday afternoon.



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